Volunteers needed for gifted, talented EAST COLUMBIA

NEIGHBORS

August 24, 1993|By NATALIE HARVEY

It's the end of summer and the beginning of school. There are many events and meetings scheduled, so I've attempted to cram as much information into today's column as possible.

Whether it is your vocation or avocation, volunteers are needed in the following categories for the high schools' Gifted and Talented Mentor Program: Spanish, biology, cooking, art, accounting, photography, engineering, medical, and education.

Qualified high school students applied for the program last spring, designating their interests, and school coordinators interviewed each student. Now the students will be "matched" with an adult mentor.

Working with their mentors, the students will develop a plan for an advanced project that will be evaluated quarterly by their volunteer mentors and program coordinators. To date, program director Tom Payne has established the program in six of eight high schools.

The mentorships are a one-year commitment of noncredit programs for grades 9 to 12 and credit for grades 11 and 12. Credit programs are scheduled during the last two periods of the school day; noncredit programs are after-school hours.

Adult mentor placements are needed before school opens Monday. The program is an opportunity for volunteers to share their knowledge and experience with students who have a common interest. Information: 313-7011.

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Bring your appetite and thirst to the Lake Elkhorn Festival, Sept. 18, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Boy Scout Troop 613 will be selling hot dogs and sodas.

As a community service and in appreciation for their Owen Brown Community Association sponsorship, the troop has always helped with festival cleanup. This year the scouts hope to raise camping funds. See you there for all of the fun and food.

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Two- and 3-year-olds and their parents can join "Playtime Fun" at the Other Barn, beginning Sept. 30, for eight weeks of arts, crafts and story times. Information: 730-4610.

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A ribbon-cutting ceremony at Rockburn Elementary School will mark the official opening of the new school at 9:15 a.m. Monday. Parents and neighbors are invited to join the students and faculty for this occasion.

The Grand Opening of the Rockburn School Recreation Center will be from noon at 1 p.m. on Sept. 11. A tree-planting ceremony symbolizing community roots will highlight the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Information: 313-7280.

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The Other Barn and its post office in the Oakland Mills Village Center are closed until Monday. The Village Craft Shop will reopen after Labor Day.

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Help beautify your community by adopting a section of Route 29 to landscape with trees and plants.

For information, call state Del. Virginia Thomas' office: 410-730-0485.

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Stevens Forest Pool reopens today and will be one of the last pools to close in September. Talbot Springs pool is closed for the 1993 season.

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Does your neighborhood need more streetlights? If so, make a list of exact locations and send it to the Village Manager of call 730-4610.

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